Tuesday, December 23, 2008

Taka;s Update December 23rd 2008

Taka’s Update December 23 2008

This week Fish New tuna is coming today. I think many people are on vacation. We opens today buy will be closed on 24th and 25th.
Live scallop has a little problem because of bad weather in NE area.

A; Don’t eat much and don’t drink much.
It is a time to eat and drink. Parties every week? According to a survey, many people gain weight after New Year’s Day. That’s because people eat and drink and not much exercise. It is cold winter and many people stay at home. It is a great chance to play golf because no much people play in cold winter. Golf fee is cheaper than summer time. You can save money and don’t need to wait.

B: Drink gold leaf sake and have happy 2009!
We offer gold leaf sake at the end of year and New Year for our customers. It is complimentary from us. Gold is a symbol of good financial luck. By taking gold inside of your body, you are ready to welcome more money in 2009. I know many people are losing money this year. We have to stop it. We need to raise a big STOP sign and watch right and left and move forward.

Thank you for reading my newsletter this year. This is the last one. I try to find more healthy topics and valuable information to you in 2009. TAKA

Saturday, December 20, 2008

For your good luck of 2009

How was your 2008? For me, it was the best year. We made the highest sales in 2008.
So, we need another good year in 2009.
You think so. Everybody needs good and better 2009.
So, let's do Japanese, no no Taka's way of praying.
Drink Gold leaves sake and bring money to your wallet.
Believe or not, this is our free offer.
I did same promotion last year.
We need to welcome good financial luck.
We will do this New Year's Eve and the first week of January.
But we need work hard for money. Praying is mental support and not real support.

Nigori Sake full line

I finally got a full line of nigori, unfilter sake.
from left: Yaegaki, Awayuki and Shirakawago.

Yaegaki is classic type and very thick, heavy and sweet.
Awayuki is just middle. not much thick but not much light.
The last one is Shirakawago. This is Jyunmai Ginjyo, means pure rice but flavored and light.
You can taste and find your favorite nigori sake.

Tuesday, December 16, 2008

Fresh Amaebi, Sweet Shrimp from Maine




Some people know this shrimp is so good. The season starts a little bit earlier than last year.


You don't know fresh is really great.


This shrimp has eggs around stomach area.
How do we eat? Simple is the best. Juts fry and eat whole body from head to tail.
You can take natural calcium from this shrimp.
I get this tomorrow. Please make sure I have or not. Call me.

Monday, December 15, 2008

Taka's Update December 15 2008

Taka’s Update December 15 2008

This week Fish I will get new tuna shipment on today. Everything is all right except world economy. We need to help each other.

A: Americans like TV game.
More than half of American adults enjoy TV game. 1 out of 5 play daily. 97% of teenagers play it. In detail, 55% of men and 50% of women play, 81% of 18-29 years old, 60% of 30-49 years old, 40% of 50-64 years old and 23% of more than 65 years old enjoy the TV game. How about me? I don’t have ant TV game at home. My business is a big game and gold is also a big game. Both are real.

B: A Christmas present from the God.
Can you believe it? You can get extra 1 second at the end of this year. IERS is a part of United Nations. It is called intercalary second. The error margin of the rotation of the earth on its axis and the atomic clock is corrected. It depends on. But this year we get a second after 6:59 pm 59 seconds on December 31st Eastern time zone. It started in 1972 and the last time adjustment was 2005-2006. Everybody can get this 1 second for free and equally.

C: Apple is good for you.
The effect of "Apple treatment" was published in the medical journal of Germany
of 1929.
When it rubbed and a lower apple was given to the 52 children from 1 years old to 5 years old such as the acute attack of indigestion and dysentery for two days, diarrhea stopped at once, and heat fell.
In Japan, Aomori is famous for apple producing prefecture just like here Washington State. You might know Misawa AFB is there. Japan was Mecca of the apoplexy before.
There were a lot of intake of salts, and it ran one's blood pressure, and, therefore, the Tohoku district including Aomori caused the apoplexy though the cause was high blood pressure.
However, the blood pressure was low, and the apoplexy was also few in Aomori.
As a result of the research, it has been understood that a lot of potassium are contained in the apple.
Potassium suppressed the harm of salinity, and high blood pressure was prevented. Eat Apple daily and prevent any kinds of sick.

D: Potassium ? Beet is the best!
I make Borsch almost everyday. This is a great winter food. I researched about beet. It is originally from Mediterranean sea area. The color of red is not carotene. Beet contains a lot of potassium and good for improvement of high blood pressure, means someone has diabetes need to take it. Also good for Cancer prevention effect, liver function strengthening, and anemia improvement

E: Cannot sleep well?
You have to try this. It might work for you because it works for me. Actually, I can sleep well. My feet is a little bit cold. I soak my feet into a hot water for 2-4minutes before I go to bed. It really works for me. I can get deep sleep with this.
There is an innumerable capillary in our bodies. If we find cold parts, those parts might be problems. It is that the circulation of the blood is slow. It comes to have good circulation by warming the body. Japanese like bathing in hot tub. I normally take a shower but I do bathing when I am tired. It is really works.
Please just think it as river. Water need to run the river smoothly. Blood need to run allover our body. Thanks.

Holiday Info
We will be closed on December 24-25th.

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Saturday, December 13, 2008

Cannot sleep? Try this.

Can you sleep at cold night? Do you use AC all night? I hate using AC all the time. My house get dry and my skin condition is getting bad. I prefer cool inside of house. If I use humidifier, windows or doors get wet and get mold. So what is a solution? I do use oil heater when I sleep. I heat up with AC and I turn off when I sleep. And turn on oil heater. Oil heater makes oil warm and oil pipes get warm and make air warm. How about AC? They burn gas and send dry air into the rooms. This is really bad for our skin.
And I tell you how to get deep sleep easily. You can take a shower and make your body warm. But you can bathe foot about 5 minutes and make your foot warm. This is the best way. Your blood circulation get better and can sleep well.
This is also good for your body. You have to blood make move around all your body all the time. But we can not sometimes. If blood cannot move around, that part is getting cold. And get some problem. Massage is good for the body and has same effect.
Hot water is better for foot, I think. Please try at cold night or over working day.

Kinmedai, Alfonsino




Some fish are good for sashimi and sushi and some are good for cooking.


Kinmedai is good for both. This fish has big eyes and has a lot of gelatin around eyes. We cannot dumo this and have to eat. It is available only 2 a week.
Kinmedai is very expensive fish and cannot order 5 or 6 a week.
It is deep ocean fish and has good fat. So, nituke style cooking is the best. We cook a little bit sweet with mirin and sugar. I normally cook 20 minutes and pour dashi around head and wrap with foil and circulate dashi all head.
One of customers kid hold an eye ball. Do we eat it? Yes, we eat. I cannot say how good for our body. But try it. It is a great experience for you and your family. Fish head contains great meat.
Ask me when you are ready.


One of super premium sake from Japan.

This sake is called Koshino Kanbai Cho-tokusen.
I got this from Japan directly. I called my sister to get from auction site. It is hard to buy this kinds of super premium sake.
Some are more than $400 per bottle.
One of my friend asked me to get this and I did.

Thursday, December 11, 2008

Bigeye tuna Dec. 11 2008


This is stomach side but not much toro. I can say between chu-toro and small toro. Also have oh toro but same quality.
Tuna is not easy business. It depends on each shipment.
If I could get good tuna every time, I would drive a Ferrari.
It is very good tuna as red meat.
It is available all this weekend.

Tuesday, December 9, 2008

Taka's Update December 09 2008

Taka’s Update December 09 2008

This week: Fish I could not get enough uni because of bad weather in CA. But It came yesterday. Tuna is OK. I have big eye tuna with toro. And I am waiting an answer for Wednesday and Thursday.

A: Chinese Japanese in increasing in Japan.
Can you believe this? One out of 150 baby was a Chinese in 2006. This means father or mother was Chinese or both were Chinese. Japan is asia-nized a little by a little. We had 720,000 marriages in 2007 and one out of 18 marriage was International marriage. This is not a surprising thing here in US but Japan is changing.

B: Suicide is increasing.
About 33,000 people died with suicide last year in Japan. More than 30,000 people is 10 years straight high. Men were almost 71%. The motivation were several but health problem was top and financial problem came next and domestic problem was 3rd.
At age, between 55-64 years olds were top in men and more than 75 years old were top in women. Suicide is increasing in the US, too.
I analyzed this matter. We need to catch up with this rapid moving world. We cannot be dinosaurs and cannot be fossils. We need to take whatever comes and get it over. For instance, technology is moving very fast. We cannot ignore. Do you use cassette players ? We need to update everything around us. It is hard to write but my points are 1, Update technology around you. 2, Eat good food for your health. 3, Be nice to everybody around you. The animal doesn’t evolve ruins.

C: So, are you updated?
Please check below.
I use Window Vista.
I have ipod or MP3 player.
I have frond loading style washer and drier.
I have flat screen TV.
I have iphone G3.
I have hybrid car.
I use online bill payment.
I download music instead of buying CD.
I prefer to buy energy star products.
I have tankless water heater.
I do recycle. How many do you apply?

D: China says, Buy America now!
Do you know who is buying American properties? They are Russians, Arabians and Chinese. It is not only properties but stocks. American Life Insurance Company (Alico) is a part of AIG group but 49% of stocks are owned by Chinese government fund. I personal level, it is same. Travel agencies plan American real estate buying tour and people come to San Francisco, Los Angeles and Las Vegas. They buy around $50,000 - $100,000 condo and use for their children’s living place for studying. By the way, Alico’s 70% of revenue is from Japan.

E: You might see this.
This is from last month’s CNN and now on you tube. Japan Airlines CEO tries to save money because of company’s slumping business. He uses Tokyo metropolitan bus for commute usually, uses company cafeteria for lunch and his salary is $90,000. More than 40,000 people watch this video from You tube. He comments “ Most of employees got early retirement were same age as my age.
Most of employees who had retired at the early stage because of the slumping business was roughly the same age with me. I should also share the pain with them, and the salary has been reduced. What do you think?
I reduced my salary almost 30% for preparing uncertain future. Save money for just in case. You can go to below.
YouTube: Japan Airline's CEO Slashes his Pay Below the Pay of Pilots, other CEO Should Learn from Him !
Sony just announced for 8000 lay off Dow chemical said 5000 lay off yesterday. Who is next?

Holiday Info
We will be closed on December 24-25th.

Tuesday, December 2, 2008

Oden, Japanese Bouillabaisse

What do you think I say Japanese bouillabaisse?
I think I am right.
Oden is traditional and casual winter dish in Japan.
It is not expensive and kind of street food.
Broth is light and flavorful.
I make this broth with short rib, sake, mirin, sea salt, kelp.
Beef fat melt in the broth and add good flavor.
What is in it? Egg, Devil's tongue (yum cake), potato, daikon radish, several kinds of fish cake, fried tofu.
It takes 2 days to make and taste is better day by day. This is a harmony of beef broth and vegetables. It doesn't look good much and I know some people don't like.
But I like it and I make. It is available on Thursday-Friday in winter.

Big eye tuna December 02 2008

I can say this is one of the best of December.
I know December is just started.
But, I can say that.
Tuna supply is not great in winter especially from January to March.
Out cost is a little bit high but still affordable.
Toro is very beautiful.
It is available for next 3 days.

Monday, December 1, 2008

Taka's Update December 01 2008



Taka’s Update December 1 2008

This week Fish
I have medium toro on Monday and wait next arrival on Tuesday or Wednesday. All other fish are fine. I started golden pompano for grilled fish. The meat is same as Hamachi and contains DHA a lot.

A; Are you an Italian man? You are the best!
Italians are considered the most handsome men in the world, while men who are balding and aging do not necessarily lose their looks, according to an international survey on what makes men attractive.
A "Male Beauty" survey of nearly 10,000 men and women in 12 countries conducted by market research firm Synovate found that good hygiene was actually the top requirement for men to being considered handsome.
The second main requirement to be considered good-looking was confidence, with nearly one fifth of all respondents saying a man must carry himself well, followed by having a "great smile."
Hair, or a lack of, seemed to have little impact with only one percent of respondents saying that a full head of hair was needed to be handsome.
Older men can also take heart as 60 percent of respondents said a man's appearance gets better with age, with Americans, Chinese, Greeks and Malaysians agreeing with that the most.
"Words like distinguished, refined and dignified are regularly used to describe older men," Bob Michaels, Synovate spokesman, said in a statement.
"Here, men are seen like a fine wine - they only get better. Which is good news for some of us."
But looks did also come down to geography.
The survey, conducted in October in Australia, Brazil, Canada, China, France, Greece, Malaysia, Russia, South Africa, Spain, Britain and the United States, found Italian men were considered to be the most handsome -- even though Italy was not one of the countries where people were polled.
They were followed by men from the United States, Russia and Brazil.
Being clean-shaven was also a preference agreed by the majority of men and women, although the numbers varied in markets such as Canada and the United States, where Hollywood actors Brad Pitt and George Clooney have made a little stubble sexy.
Highlighting the discrepancies between the sexes, slightly more women than men considered wearing aftershave or cologne to be sexy, although overall the number of people who agreed and disagreed with that statement was equal.
In Spain, more men than women consider having muscles and dressing well to be essential requirements, while the opposite was true for Greek women, who were more likely than their male counterparts to think a macho look was appealing.
Far more British, French and Australian women also seemed to value "a great smile" than men do.
Despite almost one in three women rating their partner's looks as being very important to them, over 70 percent of men said they maintained their appearance to satisfy themselves.
Deodorant was picked as the most used beauty aid by men, followed by whitening toothpaste and aftershave.
But despite their efforts, less than half of all male respondents thought they looked sexy.
Synovate used face-to-face and phone interviews to compile the survey. Respondents were aged between 15 and 64 years.

B: Why do they have cell phones there?
This is from New Jersey. New Jersey Sheriff office hired special trained dogs for searching cell phones in prisons. It is illegal to carry cell phones in jail or prison. But recently they got reports that gangs used many times.
I really don’t understand this kind of news. There are so many monitors and cameras in jail or prison. Who brings into them? It is easy to know, maybe someone inside of there and can go to anywhere.

C: US Army need to kill pirates.
You know Pirates in African Ocean. They attack tankers and get hostages and ask ransom. So far $20M were paid. I just wonder, if American government think peach in the world, they ask military go get them. They have satellite systems and easy to find pirates maybe. They don’t need to kill civilians in Afghanistan or other countries. Do you think this is a good idea? And they can get pay when things are finished. I think finding pirates in the ocean is easier than finding Osama Bin Laden in the mountains.

D: Thank you for your business.
Our November sales was 2.7% higher than last year. This is 19 months straight record. It was not bad, maybe great. I always say that 10% of people still make money even under bad economy. We need to join that 10% group. I make healthy food and make people happy. We always take care of our customers just like Office Depot. We do money back guarantee if our customers are not satisfied just like Home Depot. We don’t do any specials at all. We just do it daily operations to make our customers happy like NIKE? Anyway, thank you so much.

E: Have you gained weight?
You need to check your weight right now because after holidays. I checked this morning and was 163lb. It is still average. Normally we gain weight in winter time because of less activities. So 2-3 lb of over weight is affordable. I wear Nike Pro sports wear most of the time. This wear is made of 90% polyester and 10% spandex. It is very warm and also make tight my body. So I can get sweat easily and maybe can lose weight naturally. You have to try it. I bought at Marshalls for $24.99 high neck shirts, $14.99 tight pants. Both are great and can play golf anytime.

Holiday Info
We will be closed on December 24-25th.

Friday, November 21, 2008

One of the best tuna in November







What a great toro! There is no question. The price is a little bit high but who care.
Condition is also not bad. Fresh and firm, no worm, stomach side.
I sold a lots of abuli on Friday.
Come to get this tuna. It is available until Monday.

Thursday, November 20, 2008

Taira-gai

This is also new item. The name is taira-gai but real name is tairagi. English name is pen shell.
It is almost same as scallop but meat is harder than that.
They live 5-15m of ocean, of course in the sand.
It is good for sushi, sashimi. The season is winter time and taste is sweet.

Kinmedai


I got a new fish. Some people know this. It is Kinme-dai. Dai(tai) means snapper family but this is not. The shape looks like snapper or sea bream and eye color is gold, that's why we call kin(gold) me(eye) dai( snapper).
English name is more complicated. The name is splendid alfonsino. They live in deep ocean everywhere in the world. This fish is very fatty and because of living place. And they get more fat in winter time. I can tell when I cut the fish.
It is good for sashimi, sushi and cooking with heavy dashi soy sauce. The mouth is very unique and I open with my finger. They can get very wide and can eat big fishes.
I will keep this for winter time.

Monday, November 17, 2008

Taka's Update Nov. 17th 2008

Taka’s Update November 17 2008

This week Fish
Oh my God, only 10 days to Thanksgiving Day. It is very fast than I expect. Christmas is coming in 40days and 2009 is coming 46 days. Tuna supply is not bad. I can get good one at least once a week. All other fish are fine.

Bring Bento box?
According to the survey, 36% of Japanese office workers bring lunch box( we call it bento box) from their home and try to save money. It was only 10% a year ago. Many people reduce eating restaurants for lunch. Their budget is $6.09 average and Tokyo is $6.73.

Do not go to Nebraska to dump your children.
A governor of Nebraska complained about people , they dumped their children in Nebraska. Under the new law in July this year, 35 babies and children were dumped in Nebraska. Actually, they left them and went to somewhere. So the governor said “Please don’t bring your children to leave.”

Have you seen paper packed wines?
Italy started to make paper packed wines in August. It is juts like milk or juice. But they are arguing about this paper package. A good reason is economical because of weight is light and can reduce CO2. A bad reason is it is not like wine and wine should use glass bottle for keeping tradition and dignity. I saw many sake is sold with paper packs in Japan.

Healthy city and unhealthy city
This is from CDC report.
The most healthy city in the US is Burlington, VA. 92 % of residents are good healthy condition. The rating of obesity and diabetes are lowest.
The most unhealthy city in the US is Huntington, WV. Less exercise and high rate of smoking bring this city to the worst. But this is just CDC’s data. Deep South is really problem. Many people don’t care for their health.
Eat bad food and a lots, smoke cigarette and drug, drink soft drinks and alcohol a lots drive cars everywhere and walk less.
People think good food is expensive, yes maybe. But they need to know, they need to pay more than that in the future when they get sick.

How many Japanese smoke?
This is Japan Tobacco Co’s research It is 25.7% and worst ever, 13 years straight down. Japanese men’s smoking rate is 39.5% , this is the first time below 40% since 1965. Japanese women ‘s rate is 12.9% and 0.2 % up. 47.8% of 40’s men are smoking and 19.3% of 30’s women are smoking.

Holiday Info
We will be closed on Thanksgiving Day and Christmas Day.

Taka's Update Nov. 17th 2008

Taka’s Update November 17 2008

This week Fish
Oh my God, only 10 days to Thanksgiving Day. It is very fast than I expect. Christmas is coming in 40days and 2009 is coming 46 days. Tuna supply is not bad. I can get good one at least once a week. All other fish are fine.

Bring Bento box?
According to the survey, 36% of Japanese office workers bring lunch box( we call it bento box) from their home and try to save money. It was only 10% a year ago. Many people reduce eating restaurants for lunch. Their budget is $6.09 average and Tokyo is $6.73.

Do not go to Nebraska to dump your children.
A governor of Nebraska complained about people , they dumped their children in Nebraska. Under the new law in July this year, 35 babies and children were dumped in Nebraska. Actually, they left them and went to somewhere. So the governor said “Please don’t bring your children to leave.”

Have you seen paper packed wines?
Italy started to make paper packed wines in August. It is juts like milk or juice. But they are arguing about this paper package. A good reason is economical because of weight is light and can reduce CO2. A bad reason is it is not like wine and wine should use glass bottle for keeping tradition and dignity. I saw many sake is sold with paper packs in Japan.

Healthy city and unhealthy city
This is from CDC report.
The most healthy city in the US is Burlington, VA. 92 % of residents are good healthy condition. The rating of obesity and diabetes are lowest.
The most unhealthy city in the US is Huntington, WV. Less exercise and high rate of smoking bring this city to the worst. But this is just CDC’s data. Deep South is really problem. Many people don’t care for their health.
Eat bad food and a lots, smoke cigarette and drug, drink soft drinks and alcohol a lots drive cars everywhere and walk less.
People think good food is expensive, yes maybe. But they need to know, they need to pay more than that in the future when they get sick.

How many Japanese smoke?
This is Japan Tobacco Co’s research It is 25.7% and worst ever, 13 years straight down. Japanese men’s smoking rate is 39.5% , this is the first time below 40% since 1965. Japanese women ‘s rate is 12.9% and 0.2 % up. 47.8% of 40’s men are smoking and 19.3% of 30’s women are smoking.

Holiday Info
We will be closed on Thanksgiving Day and Christmas Day.

Thursday, November 13, 2008

Pork Belly

We don't have much customer to eat pork, but it is OK. I love pork.
Tonkatasu, crispy fried pork tenderloin is my favorite. I also like katsu-don, tonkatsu with steamed rice.
Pork belly is called buta-bara, pork's stomach.
It is easy to make. I just need to cook slow and long time.
I add some vegetables for flavor.
It is available in Japanese menu.
I am expanding Japanese menu. There are 2 reasons.
Japanese like those kinds of food. I need to shift to izakaya style food because of bad economy.
This dish is only $5. There is no risk to order. We don't charge if you don't like this.

Big eye tuna Nov. 11 2008

This tuna is great and same as last week's one.
O got stomach side as usual. It is very important to get stomach side for toro.

Monday, November 10, 2008

Taka's Update November 10th 2008

Taka’s Update November 10 2008

This week Fish
We got good tuna Last week. How about this week? Good one is coming on tomorrow. How lucky are we! I already ordered ¼ stomach side and could expect great toro again.
All other fish are fine.

Recession Joke
What should we during recession? We need to get ports club membership, Costco membership and a car.
1, Reason for sports club~ You can take a shower anytime.
2, Reason for Costco~ don’t buy them. Eat food samples and free. $40/ year is a great deal.
3, Reason for a car~ You can sleep in the car, doesn’t need a house.

McDonald’s Sales is up.
CNBS said in this morning that McDonald’s October sales was 5-7 % up in US, 11% in Asia and 9% in Europe. People tried to save money and ate junky food more than ever.
Come to Taka and try our California Roll recession style. I’ve been selling this since 2 weeks ago. But the sales was not great. It is only $3.50 and cheaper than supermarket sushi. Quality is great. I just use fish cake instead of using crab mix. But our customers want to eat crab and only a few orders in 2 weeks. I think I erase this soon.

Are you looking for Christmas Party?
If you are thinking about Christmas Lunch party, let us know. We can open the lunch for you.

Holiday Info
We will be closed on Thanksgiving Day and Christmas Day.

Sorry for not much information this week because of my PC broken. I finally took a data from a old PC and transferred to a new one. Thanks, John Willet, my bro.

Thursday, November 6, 2008

Dried Mackerel



This is dried mackerel. I hang them with chopsticks. It takes a couple days to finish.

It is called himono, dried fish. We do Aji or hokke and many fishes. We do with brushing soy sauce mirin and is called mirin-boshi.

I think I grill this one with sea salt or do something.

Japanese likes this kind of food. We dry our laundry outside of house.

Big eye tuna, Nov.6th 2008




I finally got this. This tuna is great. There are 2 reasons.
1, Great toro and very thick.
2, The price is not much expensive and can sell lower.
I used a spoon and scratch toro from skin.
I think the pictures are better than before. I got a new camera.
This is from Cannon 8megap, It was 4 megap. And the price was only $179 at Office Depot.
Everything is getting cheap and functions are better.
Don't buy the best and top quality. It will be cheap soon. Just wait and see.
This tuna is available at this weekend.

Tuesday, November 4, 2008

Taka's Update November 4th 2008

Taka’s Update November 04 2008

This week Fish
Tuna supply is very bad. I got big eye tuna last week but no toro. This week is almost same as last week.
On the other hand, uni is available all the time. I think the weather in CA is very good for catching.
Shirako is available in winter. Shirako is Cod’s spermary and give us energy and power. It is available only winter season. Please throw your prejudice and try it. Most of customers tried shirako were happy, so far.

To keep price low.
I went to Costco today and bought toilet paper for wiping hands. I didn’t buy same one as last time. The price went up to $48 per box. It was $25 last year and $29 last month. So I decided to give up and bought thin type. It was $30. Please use 1 paper only when wipe. Thanks.
Price cut
I will cut price this week. In spite of bad economy and high cost, I need to do that. I already cut sushi rolls price last week. I will cut all appetizers, nigiri sushi and drink this week. I will find cheap price for everything as much as possible and need to match bad economy. Please come by and see the bill.
I call this plan is “Costco way“. Do you know Costco’s customers income is $20,000 higher than Sam’s Club. Rich people go to Costco because of high quality and low price. I need to go this way under recession. We make great food and affordable price. We cut the price because we make most of food under our hands and cut any costs.

Thank you for coming SUSHI DAY
We had a great day on November 1st , SUSHI DAY. We actually discounted 20% from the bill. We got 162 people and made a new sales record. What was wrong? Nothing wrong. It was a crazy day but a great event. So, I feel people don’t want to spend money. People want to save money. People want to eat if price is low. I think you can do at any other business. You need to know what your customer expect. If you can find it, you can be a winner. I read this morning article about Circuit City. It will be 86, means bye-bye. Why? Circuit city didn’t know what customers expected. This is a great gamble time. Don’t go to Las Vegas. Bet your business!
You can make good money or lose everything. I buy you meal when you lose everything. It is same as my business. I already cut my salary for just in case. We don’t know what happen in the future. I try to avoid the worst case scenario. I think I am fine.

Thanks. TAKA

Wednesday, October 29, 2008

Hitachino Beer

Do you know Hitachino beer? It is made in Japan.
We carry this premium beer for November Special.
There are 3 kinds of flavor.
These beer's alcohol % is high. One of them is 7%.
So, might me a good winter drink.

A great gift for someone


We use this cold sake container for serving.
And you can buy this. It is $17 for 1 container, 2 cups.
There are 2 colors, green and blue.
I think this is a great gift for someone likes cold sake.
Please ask servers.

Shirako, Spermary

This is shirako, fish spermary. We normally eat Cod, monk fish and blowfish. I never seen monk fish spermary. I had eaten blow fish spermary one time in my life. And this is from cod.
Why do we eat this kind of thing? It tastes good and good for our body, very rare and seasonable.
Shirako help our night life, I can say it is good for sex.
And it is good prevention for aging, cancer.
I recommend you eat when you feel tired.
How do we eat? It is not sashimi or sushi.
Tempura, saute, cook. I like lightly cook with miso, ginger dashi broth.
Try shirako for keeping your healthy body.
It is available winter time only.
Don't be scared. I think it is much much cheaper than tiger's penis or something like that. Does it work ? You have to try. I gave small potrions for several customers last night. They said good taste.

Monday, October 27, 2008

Taka's Update October 27 2008

Taka’s Update October 27 2008

This week fish.
It is very hard to get good tuna right now. I got once last week but was not good toro. Anyway, business is download and have enough fish in the market.

With Hot Coffee, We See a Warm Heart, Yale Researchers Find
Our judgment of a person’s character can be influenced by something as simple as the warmth of the drink we hold in our hand. In the current issue of the journal Science, Yale University psychologists show that people judged others to be more generous and caring if they had just held a warm cup of coffee and less so if they had held an iced coffee. In a second study, they showed people are more likely to give something to others if they had just held something warm and more likely take something for themselves if they held something cold.The study builds upon earlier work by the authors that shows the physical distance between individuals also influences their social judgments about another person.The research suggests that saying that someone is warm or that you feel distant from a friend or relative are more than simple metaphors. They are literal descriptions of emotions such as trust, first experienced during the intimate bond formed between mother and child during infancy.“When we ask whether someone is a warm person or cold person, they both have a temperature of 98.6 ” said John A Bargh, a professor of psychology at Yale and co-author of the paper with Lawrence E. Williams of the University of Colorado who received his Ph.D. from Yale earlier this year. “These terms implicitly tap into the primitive experience of what it means to be warm and cold.”Psychologists have long noted the importance of warm physical contact with caregivers in developing healthy relationships as adults. So Bargh and Williams decided to test the impact of warmth on the perceptions of adults.To test their hypothesis about the importance of temperature, research assistants casually asked that the undergraduate test subjects briefly hold either a warm cup of coffee or iced coffee as they wrote down information. The subjects were then given a packet of information about an individual and then asked to assess his or her personality traits. The participants assessed the person as significantly “warmer” if they had previously held the warm cup of coffee rather than the iced cup of coffee. On personality scales unrelated to the trait of “warmth,” the researchers found no difference in how participants who held an iced, versus hot, coffee responded.In the second study, participants held heated or frozen therapeutic packs as part of a product evaluation study and were then were told they could receive a gift certificate for a friend or a gift for themselves. Those who held the hot pack were more likely to ask for the gift certificate, while those who held the frozen pack tended to keep the gift.“It appears that the effect of physical temperature is not just on how we see others, it affects our own behavior as well,” Bargh said. “Physical warmth can make us see others as warmer people, but also cause us to be warmer ? more generous and trusting ? as well.”The demonstration of the power of temperature on character assessment has been supported by recent brain imaging studies, Bargh noted. For instance, the experience of hot or cold stimulus has been shown to trigger strong activity in the insular cortex. Researchers have also implicated the same area of the brain in borderline personality disorder, a debilitating illness characterized by an inability to cooperate and near complete inability to determine whom to trust. I feel any other hot drinks are fine for having good feeling. Don’t you think so?

Need to be careful of fried foods, meat and snacks.
35% of cardiac disease come from fried foods, salty snacks and meat. This is from McMaster University in Ontario, Canada. They released to Circulation magazine.They researched 16,000 people with heart attack. A group had Westernized food( means meat) and junk food could get heart attack more than a group had vegetables and fruits.

Differences of Japanese men and American men
Do you have enough hair, guys? Banyu pharmacy researched Japanese men and American men for thin hair and fallen hair cases.Most of Japanese men realized around 40-45 years old. But most of American men realize around 25-30 years old. And what they concern about this fact? Japanese men care for bad looking. American men care for looking old. How about treatment? Japanese men use more medical supplies. American men try to eat balanced food, sleep well. But hair is not coming back easily and how they handle? Japanese men wear cap or hat and change hair style. American men change their clothing, get mustache or shave it.My recommendation? Eat seaweed and balanced food. I have more than enough hair and see some silver a little.

Friday, October 24, 2008

My dogs, Chealsea and Stephanie

Let me introduce my dogs.
Sesame color is Chealsea, Shiba-inu from Japan. Actually born is GA but 100% Japanese blood. This is very smart hunting dog. She is 3 years old.
And Stephanie is dux mix and comes from Atlanta humane society. She is 14 years old. Steph has been with me for 11 years. She is old granma but still behaves like a baby.
They are not much together normally. But I found this scene last night. They shared a bed and looked friendly.
So, I shot this photo.

Yudedako, Boiled octopus

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Check SpellingI got boiled octopus this time. This is not frozen.
We've been carried frozen octopus for a long time.
Some people like octopus but not much and hard to sell it.
But it is great for sunomono, with cucumber salad.
And this octopus is not frozen and has good texture and no juice comes out. Fresh is better than nothing.
The only the problem is price. And I need to buy a whole octopus. I think I can sell it for a week with chilled.
Come by and try fresh boiled octopus. And feel the difference.

Beef Tongue







Do you eat Beef tongue? We, Asian like that.
You can get it around $7-$9 here. There are many ways to cook it.
Korean style is yakiniku, BBQ. Thinly sliced tongue is very good with salt and lemon.
I made corned tongue last year. I marinated with some vegetables and salt for 2 weeks and cooked for 2-3 hours.
Beef tongue stew is also yummy.
This time, I cooked it with salt, vegetables and kelp for 4 hours.
This is a special for this weekend.

Wednesday, October 22, 2008

Let's make Croquette













This is Japanese food but I think French food.

We really like croquette.

You need to prepare: potato, onion, carrot, ground beef (if you like), pepper, salt, butter, panko, egg, flour, oil for fry and sauce) ketchup and something).

1, Boil potato and carrot. Saute onion and ground beef.(Use butter for saute.)

2, Everything put together and salt, pepper. Mush them.

3, Make round shape and apply flour, soak in egg and apply panko, bread crumb

4, Deep fry or pan fried with pan.

5, Ready to eat. Outside is crispy but inside is soft feeling.

Bigeye tuna October 21 2008



This is big eye tuna. It came on yesterday. It was so fresh and need to wait a couple days to get mature.

It is just like fruits. It takes a few day to get ripe.

But this toro is not super excellent. I normally sells good toro for $12 but I cannot sell this same price. Maybe around $8.50 is reasonable price for this toro.

I try to get fresh tuna and always happen like this. We never know. I hate farm raised oh-toro things. I know our customers know the difference.

Monday, October 20, 2008

Taka's Update October 19th 2008

Taka’s Update October 19th 2008

This week fish.
I will get good tuna on tomorrow. I have not gotten any good one last week. So, this week is very bright so far. It was a good weekend for business. We need to get it over.

This Month Special
We do Oktoberfest Special. Get Draft beer pitcher for $10.00. Even bad economy, we need to drink and be happy on surface. And November 1st is Sushi Day. This year’s Key word is “ Employee price for you.” You pay that we pay. Sounds good? We do not have 100 years of history and only 7 years but it is OK. So, employee’s discount for you once a year. Please make a reservation. Some people have made it already.

All abour brain this time!!

1, DRINKING ALCOHOL ASSOCIATED WITH SMALLER BRAIN VOLUME
CHICAGO? The more alcohol an individual drinks, the smaller his or her total brain volume, according to a report in the October issue of Archives of Neurology, one of the JAMA/Archives journals. Brain volume decreases with age at an estimated rate of 1.9 percent per decade, accompanied by an increase in white matter lesions, according to background information in the article. Lower brain volumes and larger white matter lesions also occur with the progression of dementia and problems with thinking, learning and memory. Moderate alcohol consumption has been associated with a lower risk of cardiovascular disease; because the brain receives blood from this system, researchers have hypothesized that small amounts of alcohol may also attenuate age-related declines in brain volume. Carol Ann Paul, M.S., of Wellesley College, Mass., and colleagues studied 1,839 adults (average age 60) who were part of the Framingham Offspring Study, which began in 1971 and includes children of the original Framingham Heart Study participants and their spouses. Between 1999 and 2001, participants underwent magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) and a health examination. They reported the number of alcoholic drinks they consumed per week, along with their age, sex, education, height, body mass index and Framingham Stroke Risk Profile (which calculates stroke risk based on age, sex, blood pressure and other factors). "Most participants reported low alcohol consumption, and men were more likely than women to be moderate or heavy drinkers," the authors write. "There was a significant negative linear relationship between alcohol consumption and total cerebral brain volume." Although men were more likely to drink alcohol, the association between drinking and brain volume was stronger in women, they note. This could be due to biological factors, including women‘s smaller size and greater susceptibility to alcohol‘s effects.

2, Use computer more and active your brain.
This is from UCLA. If you search something on Internet, your brain function might up. Training our brain is very important after middle age because of aging issue. Our brain and body is getting old, mean activities are going down. Reading is one of good way but searching on Internet use brain more.You can read [American Journal of Geriatric Psychiatry] if you are interested in more.

3, This is easy way to improve your brain power.
Try these and your brain function might up.

A: If you are right hand, use a mouse( PC mouse) with left hand.

B: Do not ask someone when you want to remember something like music titles. Use your brain with your brain. It is easy to ask someone but use your brain as much as possible.

C: Games are good like crossword, sudoku, chess. You need to do those 15 minutes everyday.

4, Cooking action stimulate our brain.
Do you cook? If you say YES, your brain is really good shape. This is research in 2004 in Japan. Our brain is very active during cooking.

5, Eat curry rice and be smart.
I wrote this before. Actually it is not curry, it is spice. As you know, curry contains so many spices(more than 30). Our blood running amount in brain is going up when we eat curry. And concentration and calculation power improve. The data showed that blood running in brain went up 2~4 %.

So, we need to train our brain and buy good American Stocks like Warren Buffet.

6, Want Art?One of our customers opened art gallery in midtown area last month. Emily Amy Gallery is located at 1000 Marietta St. Atlanta GA 30318 Please support her business. Go to http://www.emilyamygallery.com/And see some arts.

Thursday, October 16, 2008

Fresh Fare and Trader Joe

I saw an article about Fresg Fare and took a picture of the store.
This is the first GA store and 5th in nation.
I was driving after shot and found Tradr Joe on peachtree Rd. This place was Office Max before. They are coming soon.
More competition in Buckhead. We will see how Publix and Whole Foods fight with them.
It is a same pie or small pie. But many people want to eat. Who can eat a lot? No one know.

Wednesday, October 15, 2008

Uni and Matsutake Special


Do you like Uni? Do you mind spending money?
How about this dish?
Sliced matsutake mushroom with sea eel, uni topping.
A limited dish on October.

Monday, October 13, 2008

Taka's Update October 13th 2008

Taka’s Update October 13th 2008

This week fish.
I have good tuna today and not sure for this week. I am waiting answer of Wednesday delivery.

This Month Special
We do Oktoberfest Special. Get Draft beer pitcher for $10.00. Even bad economy, we need to drink and be happy on surface. And November 1st is Sushi Day. This year’s Key word is “ Employee price for you.” You pay that we pay. Sounds good? We do not have 100 years of history and only 7 years but it is OK. So, employee’s discount for you once a year. Please make a reservation. Some people have made it already.

All about High blood pressure
This is from Journal of Agricultural Chemistry and Food. Japanese scientists found 4 protein in chicken legs which help hypertensive control high blood pressure. They gave collagen extracted from the leg of the chicken to high blood pressured mouse and blood pressure went down 8 hours later. Do you eat chicken legs at dim sum? I don’t like that. Chicken skin has a lot of collagen and good for your skin but also high cholesterol. It is hard choice.We need to be careful of high blood pressure. It causes arteriosclerosis in all your body and bad for your heart. Eventually it causes angina, myocardial infarction in your heart and causes cerebral infarction in your brain. It is easy to think. Think of your home and drain pipe. It runs very smooth in the beginning. But your hairs and some messes stuck in pipe and water runs bad a little by little. What do you do? You might use plunger to push messes away or liquid to remove them from pipe. And what can we do for our blood vessels? Not much we can do. What we can do is eating good food for blood and keep our body in shape. Also, it is bad for kidney. Kidney is internal organs with work of filtering and taking out wastes and the harmful thing which are not needed out of blood, making it into urine, and taking out to the outside of the body. Kidney is like the lump of a capillary vessel. If arteriosclerosis happens and the flow of blood worsens, the function of kidney will fall.

You can check below and see it.
1, I like heavy taste and don’t like light taste.
2, I don’t like vegetables and fruits.
3, I don’t like exercise much.
4, I have families with high blood pressure.
5, I can get stress very easily.
6, I drink a lot of alcohol.
7, I smoke.
8, My blood sugar level is high.
9, I like deep fried or pan fried food. I like oily food.

Taking salt much makes blood pressure higher. We need to be careful but there is a solution. It is potassium. Salt is basically sodium and it is same family of minerals. Mineral balance is very important in our body. Over taking sodium is one of bad example. If you are high blood pressure, you need to reduce sodium and take potassium. Potassium contains in fresh vegetables and fruits. It is also contains in rice or bread. But brown rice and brown bread contain more than white rice or white bread. That’s all.

Breakfast banana is good for diet.
What is this and how can we lose weight with just banana? It has been very popular in Japan over 6 months. It is hard to find banana at supermarket in Japan, believe or not. It is a banana diet to make the toxin saved up inside of the body gather up and discharge by the abundant enzyme actions included in a banana. All you have to do is eating banana with room temperature water in the morning.Do you know we have the best time zone for excretion? It is 4am~ noon. If meat and fish are eaten in the time zone of this excretion, the body's spending energy in digesting and absorbing these, and perfect purification activities will become impossible. Banana with abundant enzyme passes our stomach in 10~20 minutes, and fills up energy since digestion can already be managed with the stage of ripening. Banana’s 70% is moisture, and rich in fibers, it is very effective also for constipation.And banana contains potassium well. And dropsy and cold body is enemy of diet. Eating banana improve these and make slender body. Kiwi also good as banana. So, why don’t you eat banana and kiwi together for your breakfast. We are not monkeys but we are coming from them. One more think, you have to drink good water with mineral balance.

Tuesday, October 7, 2008

Big eye tuna October 07 2008













I got good tuna today. This big eye is 20 lb for 1/4 and good size for me. It is bad economy and I don't want to carry big portion. And I want to keep fresh tuna all the time.
This is stomach side with no ohtoro but it is great. I can tell from bottom part of meat. There is thick part of toro. Bad economy? I know, we know. Are you hungry? I know, you know.
We have to eat anyway and need to eat good for our body and future.

By the way, Dr.J came the other day. Who is Dr. J? He is not a medical doctor. He was NBA player before. He is on Dr. pepper CM on TV. I still don't know.

Monday, October 6, 2008

Taka's Update October 6th 2008

Taka’s Update October 6th 2008

This week fish.I have good tuna today and will come tomorrow again. Other fish are same as usual.I worry about financial market more than Tokyo fish market.Sky is falling. We need to keep our money safe.

This Month Special
We do Oktober Fest Special. Get Draft beer pitcher for $10.00. Even bad economy, we need to drink and be happy on surface. And November 1st is Sushi Day. This year’s Key word is “ Employee price for you.” You pay that we pay. Sounds good? We do not have 100 years of history and only 7 years but it is OK. So, employee’s discount for you once a year. Please make a reservation.

I have been busy for reading many articles and watching business news. I do not invest much money in stock market but still worry. I am shifting assets from cash to gold. It is more secure than anything.Feeling like my guessing is getting right. Dow average is looking for around 8-9000 points, Japanese yen US dollar rate is looking for below 100 yen. Gold is looking for above $1000. But anyway, we have to eat. We have to eat god food for deciding our future.

Thursday, October 2, 2008

Bigeye tuna October 02 2008


October is just started. But this tuna is the best of October, maybe.
There is no oh-toro but have nice toro.
This is stomach side and no pronlem at all.
Please come and get it.

Tuesday, September 30, 2008

Taka's Update October 1st 2008

Taka’s Update October 1st 2008

This week fish.
It’s gonnabe a tough week. First of all, there is no toro so far. I made sure when big eye tuna was coming. It will come this Friday but not much toro. On the other hand, uni is no problem and other fish are fine.

This Month Special
Yes, it is October and we only have 3 months and Christmas is coming in 86 days. October is German month, Oktoberfest. Do I have to sell potato and sausage? There is no obligation but I want to try. So, let’s celebrate Oktoberfest!We sell Japanese sausage and my special potato plus special price of beer. Japanese sausage? What is that? Is it made with tofu or soy bean ? No, I buy sausage from Japanese company here in USA. And potato? I cook potato with slow cooked short rib sauce. This is really yummy.

A: I do not like to write about financial crisis much this time.

B: Rich people is growing in Asia.Rich people in Asia is growing. 2007 number was 12.5% higher than 2006. It was 3rd position and 23% of all over the world. Actually 1st place was North America, 2nd was Europe. And it will be 2nd place by 2012.

C: Do you know vitamin B6?Vitamin B6 is important and make healthy skin, hair, teeth. It promotes growing, means pregnant women and children need to take well. Vitamin B6 is rich in sardine, bonito, saury, tuna, mackerel, herring, chicken lever, pork and banana. Men need 1.4mg and women need 1.2mg a day.

D: Most of Japanese are not happy for living.I have a survey from Japanese government. This data is from 2007. 57.2% of household said they we not happy for living. This answer was 6 years straight growing. Average household income in 2006 was $54,423. But more than half of household were below the average. That means Income differential has spread. It is same as here. Rich people are more rich, poor people are more poor. Where is middle? It is gone. They are dropping to lower level and only a few percentage middle can climb up to higher level.

E: We are going to Ice Age.Something is going on. It is going on Sun. Do you know Sunspot on Sun? There was no sunspot in August 2008. This is very unusual. It happened in 17th century. That time, agricultural products did not fruit, farmers were hungry and famine generates them globally. Moreover, according to aggravation of the health by malnutrition or the shortage of sunshine, the illness of the plague etc. spread all over the world and the economic crisis has happened. This kind of low activity brings many unusual things. There was big hail in a large place of Kenya on September 8th. Hail in hot Africa? So, some people say we are going to Ice age in next 100 years or so. I have no idea and I will be gone from this land.

Mr,. Martin Hackel

Mr. Hackel is fashion Director of Golf Digest. And I have a driver from Japan. This Marman driver's price is $2500. You cannot see well but there are some diamonds in the shaft.
Crazy? maybe.
The left guy is Bob Child. He makes gator belts for PGA professionals. Phil, Ian, Lee, Sergio and so many PGA tour players buys special belts from him.
You can visit his store in Buckhead. Flemings is located on Peachtree Rd. cross the street from Publix.

Sake Tasting




We had Sake Tasting last Thursday. Almost 30 people joined this special event.
They tasted 4 diff rent sakes and 5 dishes from me. And they got something specials from Fukushima. These were ramen noodle, Sanma kanroni, miso onigiri, and more.
I really enjoy this kind of event. We can enjoy real Japanese food with good sake.
I want to do this kind of tasting event more often.

Wednesday, September 24, 2008

Flat Tire? Go to Kauffman Tire!



I got a flat tire yesterday. A big nail was in front left tire.

Air pressure was OK and I brought my truck this morning to Kauffman Tire. It was free.

I knew they did before for sales promotion. But they are doing all the time for free.

Go to Kauffman Tire when you get a flat tire. Thanks Mr. Mark Kauffman.